Must Read Parent Articles
Gordon Miller VYSA Touchline Article
VYSA Technical Director Gordon Miller discusses player development in the Winter 2008 edition of the VYSA Touchline.
Critical Issues in Youth Sports
The Institute for the Study of Youth Sport (University of Michigan) produced a paper addressing youth sport problems
Motivation Is More Than A Question Of Winning and Losing
Sports psychologist Dr Darren Treasure discusses task mastery and motivation with children
My kid is going to make it to the big leagues
Sports psychologist Dr Dan Freigang discusses the role of parents in youth soccer
Injuries and Hydration
Hydration and Heat Illness Guidelines
Article by the USSF on hydration guidelines
Name of the Game
Article covers overuse injuries in soccer. Breaks are important because its not just a mental break. Its a physical break.
How Much is Too Much Soccer
Another good article covering overuse injuries in soccer.
The State of Youth Soccer
Expectations Lose to Reality of Sport Scholarships
New York Times article addresses the disconnect between expectations and reality for athletic scholarships
The Scholarship Chase: Are goals within Reach?
San Fransciso Chronicle article addresses the reality behind soccer scholarships
How the overemphasis on winning contributes to player dropout. Written by Ohio Wesleyan mens coach Dr Jay Martin
Stop the Tournaments
Tournaments are bad for the player. Written by Ohio Wesleyan mens coach Dr Jay Martin
How FC Barcelona Spawns Stars
Article on how FC Barcelona's youth system works. Notice that the youth director says winning isnt emphasized.
Columbus Crew entering travel soccer
Article on the Columbus Crew's travel soccer program. Notice the coaches says winning isnt emphasized.
Player Development Guidelines
Our philosophy is fundamentally based off of this document produced by the US Soccer Federation